Newt Gingrich is now feuding with his former employer, Fox News, and one of its most popular personalities, Megyn Kelly.
In a stunning exchange on Megyn Kelly’s ‘The Kelly Files,’ Gingrich exploded after Kelly confronted him with Trump being baited by Hillary Clinton during the first debate when she brought up former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, followed by the ‘Access Hollywood’ recording, which Kelly was quick to point out “was not produced by Hillary Clinton; that was Trump.”
The exchange is indicative of the trouble that the Republican presidential nominee is having with women. The Trump Campaign’s strategy has been to blame the media for giving credence to the accusers and also to blame the accusers themselves, with Trump famously saying that he was going to sue all of his accusers after the election.
Kelly interrupted the former House Speaker, by saying if “Trump is a sexual predator,” before she was interrupted by Gingrich saying “He is not a sexual predator. That’s not true. You could not defend that statement. I am sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory that’s not true.”
Kelly replied “Excuse me, Mr. Speaker, you have no idea whether it’s true or not.” Gingrich shot back, “And neither do you,” to which Kelly replied “That’s right, and that’s why I’m not taking a position on that.”
As the pair continued, the Fox anchor said
“I think your defensiveness on this may speak volumes on this, sir … What we saw on that tape is Trump himself saying that he likes to grab women by their genitals and kiss them against their will. That’s what we saw. Then we saw 10 women come forward after he denied actually doing it … He denies it all, which is his right. We don’t know what the truth is. My point to you is that as a media story, we don’t get to say the ten women are lying, we have to cover that story, sir.”
Gingrich then launched into other topics and how the media — including Fox News — are not interested in covering various other subjects, concluding by accusing Kelly of being “fascinated with sex, and you don’t care about public policy.
She responded by saying “Mr. Speaker, I am not fascinated by sex. But I am fascinated by the protection of women and by understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office.”